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Phillip (Phil) Miller (83) died April 29th, 2014 with his wife and daughters at his side. Phil was born in Cleveland, Ohio but, along with Mariellen, his wife, was a 56 year resident of Phoenix. He owned and operated Miller Store Fixture Company for 55 of those years and was instrumental in setting up Myriad Grocery and Convenience stores throughout Arizona and surrounding states. He travelled dirt roads to reach outposts that were not yet towns. He really was an Arizona pioneer. Phil was an avid tennis player; playing throughout the year, even in 110-degree heat. He loved scuba diving and was fortunate to dive all over the world, even the Great Barrier Reef. He was a member of B'nai B'rith and the Jewish War Veterans Post 194. Phil was proud to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean War; patrolling the Great Lakes and seaways. The things he held most dear were his family. His wife of 46 years, Mariellen, his daughters Jennifer Traulsen, Halle Miller, Elisa Aellig.and daughter-in-law, Irene Miller. His beloved son, Sim, who died in 2000, predeceased him. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren: Crystal Miller, Monica Miller, Joshua Traulsen, Jordan Traulsen, Mallory Cuzner, (Scott), Max Manners, Jamie Aellig, and 1 great grandchild, Henry James Cuzner and his dogs, Buddy and Georgie. We will all miss his smile. Phil was a member of Temple Beth Ami and Rabbi Arthur Abrams conducted his memorial service, which was private. His family wishes to thank Hospice of the Valley for their compassionate care, and his caregivers; lovely and caring people all. Contributions in Phil's memory may be made to Temple Beth Ami, 3104 E. Camelback Rd. #508, Phoenix, Az 85016, or a
. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.
Sinai Mortuary of AZ
4538 N. 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Published in The Arizona Republic from May 3 to May 4, 2014